Monday, June 9, 2014

The Curse of the Thrax

By Mark Murphy
June 1, 2014
YA Fantasy
This is a great story about a boy, Jaykriss, his best friend, Marda, and what they must do to become what they need to be, not just for their families, but for their village, and most importantly, for themselves.  It is a coming of age type story filled with sword fights, archery competitions, running and fighting for their lives, even a fierce dragon, but...  it is set in the future.
Jaykriss, like all the other children of Godswood grew up hearing about the mighty and terrifying Thrax.  The dragon became like the boogyman to 14 year old Jaykriss and his friends, until the day the Thrax killed Jaykriss' father, and Jaykriss swore revenge. 
One day while hunting, Jaykriss and Marda run into the Thrax, and also a new friend, when Jaykriss uses his head to find the one hiding place even a dragon won't go.  This new friend knew the ways of the time before.  The new friend, Zamarcus, helps Jaykriss see that his mind will get him farther then his absent brawn even though Jaykriss wants his fathers Bloodsword back from the Thrax, Zamarcus, helps him see there is much more at stake than just the sword.  There are prophesies and fate at work here, and watch out for the priests and the Dark King.
This book was very descriptive at times, but it flowed nicely with the storyline.  After I got into the swing of the story (3 or 4 chapters) I was hooked.  This was a exciting book, there are some twists and turns you don't see that will keep you on your toes, and others you will figure out right away but want to know how they turn out.  This is only the first book of the trilogy and it is one you will not want to miss out on or you will definitely be playing catch up and regret it.  This is a very action packed book, it was a lot of fun reading it.  I wanted to go pick up some of my husbands practice swords and challenge him... well maybe not, he's much better than me and would pummel me, but it sure made me believe I had a chance.

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